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Georgia prepares to execute man for store clerk's killing

Nov. 13, 2019 2:09 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Prison officials in Georgia are preparing to execute a man Wednesday evening for the fatal shooting of a convenience store clerk 25 years ago. Ray Jefferson Cromartie, 52, is scheduled for a lethal injection at the state prison in Jackson. He was convicted of malice murder and sentenced to...

W. Va. county opts out of federal opioid negotiation class

Nov. 13, 2019 1:53 PM EST

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia county has opted out of a federal opioid lawsuit negotiation class, allowing the county to pursue the case in state court. The Exponent Telegraph reports the Harrison County Commission opted out of the negotiation last week and on Tuesday, county prosecutor Rachel...

German mom convicted of faking kids’ sicknesses for cash

Nov. 13, 2019 9:54 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A German court has convicted a 49-year-old woman of child abuse and fraud for claiming her children suffered from bogus medical conditions for years to receive additional social assistance. News agency dpa reported the woman was sentenced to eight years in prison in Luebeck state court...

Australia's highest court will hear Cardinal Pell's appeal

Nov. 13, 2019 5:53 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's highest court agreed Wednesday to hear an appeal from the most senior Catholic to be found guilty of sexually abusing children, giving Cardinal George Pell his last chance at getting his convictions overturned. The decision by the High Court of Australia comes nearly...

Arkansas lawmaker launches congressional bid as filing ends

Nov. 12, 2019 4:49 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas state legislator announced a bid Tuesday to unseat a Republican congressman in 2020 as the filing period for next year's election came to a close. Democratic state Sen. Joyce Elliott is the only Democrat who filed to run against Republican Rep. French Hill, who was...

3 Indiana judges suspended for fight that led to shooting

Nov. 12, 2019 2:26 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Supreme Court has temporarily suspended three judges who were involved in a fight in downtown Indianapolis during which two of them were shot. The order Tuesday says the justices imposed the suspensions after finding that Clark County judges Andrew Adams and Bradley Jacobs...

Supreme Court lets Sandy Hook shooting lawsuit go forward

Nov. 12, 2019 2:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Tuesday that a survivor and relatives of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting can pursue their lawsuit against the maker of the rifle used to kill 26 people. The justices rejected an appeal from Remington Arms, which argued it should be shielded by a...

Police widow wants Philly DA off Mumia Abu-Jamal appeal

Nov. 12, 2019 2:13 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police widow Maureen Faulkner is trying again to have Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner's office removed from the latest appeal over her husband's 1981 traffic stop death. Faulkner filed a petition Tuesday with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court after losing a similar fight in a...

New York courts to expand gender options on jury documents

Nov. 12, 2019 2:03 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's court system is planning to expand the gender options on jury documents to be more inclusive of people who do not identify as male or female. The system aims to have the updated juror information card set for distribution by early January, said state court spokesman Lucian...

The Latest: Industry group confident gun-maker will win suit

Nov. 12, 2019 12:44 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Supreme Court allowing a lawsuit to move forward against the maker of the rifle used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting (all times local): 12:35 p.m. A leading gun industry group says it believes the U.S. Supreme Court should have reviewed and dismissed a...